Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have been in Vermont this week to estimate damages caused by last week’s floods. Teams have been in Chittenden, Washington, and Windsor counties.
Due to additional rainstorms and reports of damage from communities in Orange, Orleans, and Rutland counties the state of Vermont requested additional assessments in those counties. This is the first step in receiving a federal disaster declaration and financial assistance rebuilding public infrastructure.
FEMA has not released estimates from communities they have visited; the state must show at least $1-million in damages to be considered for a Public Assistance disaster declaration. Beyond that, an individual county must show damages to roads, bridges, and other public property equaling or exceeding $3.45 per capita.
However, even if the state meets those monetary standards any disaster request is subject to the recommendation of FEMA and approval of President Barack Obama.
Assessment teams will be in-state until work is completed.
Contact: Mark Bosma, Public Information Officer, Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, (800) 347-0488, http://vem.vermont.gov